Sunderland target left out of Premier League squad amidst transfer and contract speculation

Everton’s Nathan Broadhead was left out of Frank Lampard’s matchday squad for the Premier League against Chelsea Saturday on Saturday evening.

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The Black Cats remain interested in Broadhead after a successful loan spell at the Stadium of Light but look set to face competition from Championship rivals.

It has been reported by The Athletic that Everton have offered Broadhead a new deal and plan to loan him out again this summer.

The 24-year-old doesn’t appear to be in Lampard’s first-team plans despite an injury to Dominic Calvert-Lewin.

WIGAN, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 21: Nathan Broadhead of Sunderland interacts with the crowd following the Carabao Cup Third Round match between Wigan Athletic and Sunderland at DW Stadium on September 21, 2021 in Wigan, England. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)

And against Chelsea, Lampard opted to play Alex Iwobi, Dwight McNeil and Anthony Gordon as his forwards, without a recognised natural number nine.

In his pre-match press conference ahead of their game against Chelsea, Lampard even spoke about the possibility of playing midfielder Dele Ali up front.

"The first thing I'll say is I don't think we're the only team still looking for solutions,” said Lampard. “When the window goes three weeks into the season, to say everyone needs to get their business done early sounds great, but it's not always the way. Some have talked about younger players going on loan, they need development."

Sunderland and Everton have already done business this summer with striker Ellis Simms arriving earlier in the window. The 21-year-old made an instant impact for Sunderland, scoring a brace on his full debut against Bristol City.

EFL rules state that no club may sign more than four players on loan from another club during the season. No more than two of those players may be over the age of 23, meaning Sunderland can still sign Broadhead on loan.